For a session at the annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, to be held in Savannah, Georgia, April 26-29, 2006, papers are being sought that address "Architectures of (Unbe)longing." This session will focus on recent publications of social anthropologist Michel S. Laguerre, who will serve as discussant. Both Laguerre’s _Minoritized Space: An Inquiry into the Spatial Order of Things_ (1999) and _Urban Multiculturalism and Globalization in New York City_ (2003) consider, among other things, minoritized diasporic and indigenous cultures in the built environment. Laguerre’s analyses explore ways in which people have been marginalized spatially and the methods by which these spaces are maintained, reproduced, and transformed through time. Papers are sought that examine the history of minoritized spaces themselves, as well as those that analyze linkages between majority/minority or colonizer/colonized places.
Possible questions might include: How have majority/dominant populations or patrons created structures of (un)belonging and/or alienation–e.g., favelas, lakous, bidonvilles, reservations, internment camps, shtetls, mellahs, barrios--and what forms have these acquired? How have occupants of these structures or neighborhoods shaped or transformed their environments, perhaps informed by their longing for homeland or observation of religious practices? How can we best understand the architectural and urban relationships among classes, races, or ethnicities that create majority and minority spaces? Abstracts of 300 words and a short resume should be sent to Sharon Irish along with complete contact information. Please read the general guidelines on the website of the Society of Architectural Historians prior to submission.
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